Wilton High School students Andreas Tsantilas, Ben Grass and Alex Li are one of five Connecticut teams to win the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for their application “Chem Genius.”

“Chem Genius” is a chemistry tools app for everyday chemistry students. It allows the user to take a photo of a chemical equation or compound, and then balance or find the molar mass of it, along with some other basic chemistry tools.

The Congressional App Challenge (CAC), sponsored by Connecticut’s Congressional Representatives, is a public effort to encourage kids to learn how to code. The district-wide competitions take place from July through early November. Over 4,900 students from 190 participating districts across the nation signed up to participate in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge. Students are required to submit original applications for the chance to be selected for recognition by their Member of Congress, win prizes, and have their work put on display in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

A reception was held on Tuesday, May 1, at the CT State Capitol building in Hartford to celebrate the winning teams from Howell Cheney Tech, the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, the Engineering Science University Magnet School, Wilton High School and Avon High School.